Mississauga recently announced its brand-new Reimagining the Mall project, an initiative in partnership with the Region of Peel that will guide the long-term evolution of six areas anchored by indoor shopping malls into “healthier, mixed-use communities.”
They include Meadowvale Town Centre, Erin Mills Town Centre, South Common Centre, Sheridan Centre, Rockwood Mall and Westwood Square.
The city says these malls and their surrounding areas have already been identified for intensification in the City’s Official Plan. According to the city, this study and the resulting policies will help ensure that future intensification is done in a way that enhances these areas.
To be clear, this project will not include mall redevelopment—it will simply focus on the neighbourhoods around it.
In September and October last year, a series of walking audits took place as part of the project.
Residents were invited to tour the areas, examine the factors that affect pedestrian experience, and work with the municipality to identify changes that could make the areas more walkable in the future.
According to the city, the study will help set the framework for future redevelopment so that the appropriate policies are in place to fulfill the Mississauga’s long-term vision.
The problem is that malls were the centres around which Mississauga was built. The way many cities were planned in previous decades led to sprawl which has contributed to many of infrastructural problems we see today. Traffic gridlock and insufficient public transit are challenges that could be dealt with if intensification happens.
It is clear that intensification is the way forward because the cost of real estate is pushing people to live in smaller spaces and do with one or no vehicles. This is made possible with Uber. – CINEWS